I would probably get brutalised over on another (cough, cough) certain trumpet forum for saying this, but this discussion seems fairly moderate and open minded, so here goes: there seems to be a tendency among all too many trumpet players to give far too much weight to loud, screech-note playing when they come to an opinion of the musical value of a particular solo, or player for that matter. Sure, as we might struggle with our own range problems we are in awe of those who have conquered their own and give them their due respect. Also, when used well, high note playing is really exciting to hear. But it's an effect. I don't know how many solos I've heard that were musically lame but which knocked out my fine-feathered friends because the player was playing mind-boggling high notes which overstayed their visits but that seemingly was lost on the listener. You can almost compare it to a rock guitarist's solo that just relies on electronic tricks that are over used and old hat but whose brain dead groupies in the audience are going nuts on. Now, if that's what one wants to do, or listen to have at it. But it shouldn't be confused with musicality.